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"Why should we hire you?" is one of the most common questions you might be asked in a job interview.

The interviewer wants to learn more about you as a candidate, including:

• What differentiates you from the other candidates?

• How are you the right fit for our company?

4 Steps To Answer "Why Should We Hire You?"

A person walking up stepsTake time to plan an effective answer to this question before the interview.

Here are 4 easy steps to help you prepare:

  1. Study the job posting

  2. Research the company

  3. Tie your background to the job posting

  4. Quantify your accomplishments

Step 1: Study The Job Posting

Study the job post to understand the specific skills, qualities and experience employers are looking for in an ideal candidate.

A man reading a magazine

Quiz

Jeff is going to have a job interview. What information in the job post would NOT help him prepare an answer for "Why should we hire you?"

The skills required

The job description

Preferred experience

The compensation package

Step 2 : Research The Company

Invest some time to study the company's mission, goals, and recent announcements. This information can help you to communicate your values and why you are the best candidate.

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Step 3 : Tie Your Background To The Job Posting

Explain how your experience, skills and attributes make you the best fit.

You can address each of the requirements listed in the job posting and any other additional qualities that will make you shine.

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Quiz

Which of the following answers to "Why should we hire you?" make Jeff stand out among the candidates?

I have the skills for your project.

I like your social media presence.

I went to school with the CEO.

I'm a hard worker.

Step 4 : Quantify Your Accomplishments

Sometimes numbers speak louder than words. Words and statements might get too abstract to understand. Support your accomplishments with numerical results to impress the interviewers.

 A man saying,

Quiz

Jeff would like to impress his interviewer with a past career achievement. Which of the following might give him the most credibility?

I contributed 33% of branch sales.

I solved a lot of sales problems.

I was a team leader.

I was the top salesperson in the branch.

Take Action

A man in a suit holding up a tea kettle

Sit down, and grab your favorite drink. It's time to prepare for the interview!

Write down any relevant qualities or experiences that set you apart from other candidates. Below are some prompts for you to run through:

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